Ocean Explorer Expedition Education Modules (EEM) are designed to reach out in new ways to teachers, students, and the general public, and share the excitement of daily at-sea discoveries and the science behind NOAA’s major ocean exploration initiatives with the people around the world. The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer 2013 ROV Shakedown expedition offers a unique opportunity to engage explorers of all ages as we continue our journeys to parts of our ocean planet that few have ever seen.
The primary objective of this shakedown cruise is to operationally test a new ROV that will be operated from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. The vehicle weighs in at 9,200 pounds, has an overall length of 10.5 feet and stands an impressive 8.5 feet tall. It carries a minimum of six underwater video cameras, two of which are high definition, and a large array of the newest LED lighting technology and boasts an available sensor payload of over 400 pounds. Two seven-function hydraulic manipulators, a hydraulically actuated sensor platform, full-color sector scan sonar and a fully integrated inertial navigation system are all standard capabilities of the new system.
Educators and scientists working with NOAA developed a series of lesson plans for students in Grades 5 - 12 that are specifically tied to the remotely operated vehicle being used on this expedition.View lessons
The Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection was developed to encourage educators and students to become personally involved with the voyages and discoveries of the vessel.
To see archived video highlighting some of the careers that will be represented onboard the ship during this expedition, click on the OceanAGE Careers page.
You can also meet the explorers from past canyon expeditions here.
The following expeditions cover topics similar to those of interest on the current expedition. These expedition web pages have an education component with associated lessons and other resources that you might find useful to classroom teaching and learning.